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The Gossip

ca. 1922 William Penhallow Henderson Born: Medford, Massachusetts 1877 Died: Tesuque, New Mexico 1943 oil on canvas 16 1/4 x 20 1/4 in. (41.3 x 51.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Arvin Gottlieb 1991.205.10 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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In The Gossip, William Penhallow Henderson focused on the distinctive shapes of the southwestern landscape. The outlines of the women’s forms echo the swelling hills and rounded Pueblo architecture. Henderson was a noted modernist painter who drew inspiration for his intensely colored canvases from the postimpressionist and cubist styles that he first saw in Paris. The dark values and edgy colors in The Gossip help to evoke the isolation and claustrophobia of communities scattered throughout the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Figure group - female

Landscape - New Mexico - Taos

Recreation - leisure - conversation

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About William Penhallow Henderson

Born: Medford, Massachusetts 1877 Died: Tesuque, New Mexico 1943

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